The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday 18th September, 2013 arraigned one Mohammed Bishir Abbas, before Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court, Calabar on one count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence.
Mohammed allegedly obtained the sum of seven million, sixty three thousand naira (N7, 063,000,000) from one Boco Ika through a phony petroleum products supply deal. According to Boco, Mohammed was paid to supply eleven trucks of 33,000 litres of petroleum product but only supplied three trucks.
The charge reads; “that you Mohammed Bishir Abbas on or about the 4th of November 2011 at Zenith Bank Plc Bogobiri Street branch Calabar within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N7,063.000.00 (Seven Million, Sixty Three Thousand Naira) from one Boco Charles Ika under the false pretence that the said sum of money would be used to supply petroleum products to him, fact which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 1(1) (c) and punishable under section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty.
However, Justice Obile granted the accused bail in the sum of N2, 000,000.00 (two million naira) and one surety in like sum.
The case was adjourned to November 5, 2013 for trial.